18A(18A) Gory Violence


Action. First of a two-part film in which an assassin known as ‘The Bride’ (Uma Thurman) revives after a four-year coma and hunts down the members of her former gang (Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu) in retribution for their mistreatment of her.

Content elements

  • Use of the sexual expletive in a sexual context; scatological slang and profanity
  • Frequent, bloody martial arts and sword combat—amputations, detailed wounds
  • Attempted sexual assault—no detail

Thematic elements

  • Revenge
  • Honour
  • Childhood trauma
  • Homage to Hong Kong action films
  • Conventions of the Action genre

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for detailed genre violence, mitigated by serio-comic tone.

Classification date

October 06, 2003